A recap from Microsoft Ignite 2018

Another Ignite conference has been completed, and I’m on my way back home to sleep for as long as possible.  For those that weren’t able to attend, or for those that did attend but weren’t watching the video wall showing 12 sessions simultaneously, you can catch up via the session recordings that are available through…

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New Windows Autopilot resources available

It’s been a busy day for new Windows Autopilot resources.  First, we launched a new Windows Autopilot landing page, with high-level details about Windows Autopilot capabilities and feature (with more to be added in the future, stayed tuned).  Visit https://aka.ms/WindowsAutopilot to check it out. Next, we published a (nearly completely) new set of documentation at…

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Autopilot profile assignment using Intune

We’ve had questions over the past several months, as customers scale up with Autopilot, about how to assign an Autopilot profile to new devices, as it can get kind of tedious to have to do this manually each time you add a new batch of devices (either by uploading them yourselves, or having an OEM…

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Deploying a kiosk using Windows Autopilot

In today’s Tech Community blog, we talk about a variety of new Autopilot features.  For the Autopilot self-deploying mode, I thought it would be useful to get into more of the specifics of how to deploy a kiosk with Autopilot, where the end result is a device that is configured to automatically log in and…

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Yet another way to clean up in-box apps

Starting with Windows 10 version 1703, you can now remove provisioned in-box apps like Xbox using the MDM platform capabilities built into Windows.  (If you think you need to use this to remove Candy Crush, Pandora, etc., stop and read this blog before continuing.)  See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/client-management/mdm/enterprisemodernappmanagement-csp for the description of the “RemovePackage” method.  While ideally…

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Troubleshooting Improvements in Windows Autopilot

I wrote a couple of blogs (the basics and the more advanced scenarios) about troubleshooting Windows Autopilot late last year, which focused on the capabilities that existed at that point in time.  But there have been some enhancements since then: Registry entries, so you can see the Autopilot-related activity after the fact.  This was introduced…


NEW: Upgrade to Windows 10 1803 without suspending BitLocker

One of the new features mentioned in the What’s new in Windows 10 1803 documentation is a new ability to perform a feature update without suspending BitLocker.  This is what it says: New command-line switches are also available to control BitLocker: Setup.exe /BitLocker AlwaysSuspend – Always suspend bitlocker during upgrade. Setup.exe /BitLocker TryKeepActive – Enable…

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Cleaning up apps to keep Windows 10 sysprep happy

As we documented at https://support.microsoft.com/en-sg/help/2769827/sysprep-fails-after-you-remove-or-update-windows-store-apps-that-inclu, sysprep will fail when creating a custom Windows 10 image if there are any apps installed during the image creation process that aren’t also provisioned in the OS.  Depending on how you create your image, this can be problematic because during the process (typically an MDT or ConfigMgr task sequence),…

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Managing Windows AutoPilot devices using the Intune Graph API

A while back, I published a sample script called Get-WindowsAutoPilotInfo, which is designed to help define existing computers with the Windows AutoPilot deployment service, See https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/mniehaus/2017/12/12/gathering-windows-autopilot-hardware-details-from-existing-machines/ for more details about that. Some people have asked to take this one more step, to automate the process of uploading the gathered hardware details.  Fortunately, this can be…

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Printing to on-prem printers from Azure AD-joined devices

Since most of us have been using Active Directory for ages, you probably also take for granted the process for printing to your on-premises printers:  They are published to Active Directory, you can search for them, and you can easily connect to them.  But what happens when you join your devices to Azure AD instead? …

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